Things are getting tight in the Bronx

Toronto - Brandon Morrow and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-0 victory over New York on Thursday night that trimmed the Yankees' tight lead in the AL East.

Edwin Encarnacion had three hits and three RBI for Toronto. Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer and J.P. Arencibia added a solo shot as the Blue Jays handed an assist to idle Baltimore, shaving New York's division lead over the Orioles to one game.

New York lost for the third time in five games and wasted a chance to go two up with six to play.

Making his third start since missing 14 games with a sore right shoulder, Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (12-8) allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2.3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Nova, knocked out in the third inning of his previous start, has not won back-to-back outings since a five-start winning streak from May 25 to June 17. The 87 extra-base hits off Nova are the most yielded by any big league pitcher.

Morrow (9-7) scattered four hits over seven innings, walked three and struck out three to win for the first time in five starts. It was his longest outing since returning from the disabled list Aug. 25 after missing 65 games with a strained muscle in his left side.

Brad Lincoln worked the eighth and Darren Oliver finished for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four following a seven-game losing streak.

Morrow got some help from his defense after Robinson Cano's one-out single in the fourth. Rookie left fielder Anthony Gose crashed into the wall to haul in a deep drive from Nick Swisher, then threw the ball into second baseman Kelly Johnson, who doubled off Cano at first.

Cano doubled to begin the seventh and Swisher walked but Morrow fanned Curtis Granderson, then got Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez to fly out.


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